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CAMEL is a FREE, COMPREHENSIVE, INTERDISCIPLINARY, MULTI - MEDIA RESOURCE for educators, providing over 300 interdisciplinary topic areas and numerous curricular resource types to give the educator the tools they need to teach CLIMATE CHANGE causes, consequences, solutions and actions.

Goals:

CAMEL advances and serves a climate literate community of researchers, educators, and students to help them to collaborate on meeting the major challenges of this urgent problem and making this information available to the world by developing curricular materials to share with others.

Funding:

CAMEL was initially funded by a three year, collaborative project funded through the National Science Foundation; Department of Undergraduate Education Award 095-0696. Additional support has been provided through additional grants from NSF and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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Activities:

CAMEL provides a virtual toolbox of curricular resources for teaching about climate change CAUSES, CONSEQUENCES, SOLUTIONS and ACTIONS.

CAMEL materials incorporate inquiry based learning using the highest educational practices targeting the undergraduate educator, but can be utilized by graduate, as well as K-12 level educators to provide them with high quality resources to teach climate change. CAMEL enables all educators to have equal access to vetted, high quality teaching materials about climate change, adaptation, mitigation and possible solutions to limit its impact.

CAMEL provides a link to the Encyclopedia of Earth, which couples a vetted wiki content environment with social networking and other web 2.0 capabilities. This allows CAMEL to offer thousands of hyperlinked, per-reviewed encyclopedia-style articles about most environmental topics.

What is CAMEL?

Who funds CAMEL?
How did this effort get started?
May I use this material in course materials and copy the images?
Will other people use my materials if I put them on the site?


CAMEL website and How-To Guide

HOW TO USE AND WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH CAMEL
  • Through the connection with the Encyclopedia of the Earth, find over 7,000 peer-reviewed encyclopedia style hyperlinked articles on a full range of climate change and other environmental topics.
  • See relationships among nearly 300 climate change topics organized under four main topic area.
  • Access an online course in climate change education
  • Find curricular resources.
  • Share curricular resources and content.
  • Provide curricular resources and content to other users.

"CAMEL" is an acronym for Climate, Adaptation, Mitigation, E-Learning. The CAMEL portal is an online resource for college and university faculty that can also be used by other educators, students and interested individuals. CAMEL provides tools for Educators to be able to teach themselves about climate change as well as teach others.

CAMEL is an online educators' resource for climate change designed to enable educators to teach about climate change using the latest online learning resources. CAMEL enables a climate-literate community of researchers, educators and students. CAMEL provides a forum for sharing and accessing quality curricular materials and information.

CAMEL engages experts in science, policy, decision-making, education, and assessment in the use of a virtual toolbox of curricular resources for teaching climate change in four primary topic areas: causes, consequences, solutions and actions.

CAMEL incorporates inquiry-based learning using the highest educational practices targeting the undergraduate educator. The site's versatility also makes it applicable to graduate and K-12 level educators, providing peer reviewed resources to help teach climate change.

Resource Types: Articles, Assignments, Blogs, Sites, Case Studies, Exercises, Games, Galleries, Glossary, News, Teaching Units, Podcasts, Presentations, Reports, Sites and Videos

CAMEL was initially funded by the National Science Foundation,NSF 09-50396 Creating a Learning Community for Solutions to Climate Change .

CAMEL's origins lie in conversations among members of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD). Recognizing a need for accessible, useful and valid materials for teaching about climate change at the undergraduate level, CEDD members developed the idea of CAMEL. Funding from the National Science Foundation supports the project, and funding from NASA allowed the development of an initial set of curricular materials. Additional funding was provided by the US Department of Agriculture.

Yes, CAMEL is designed for sharing. The materials are open source and available under a "creative commons license". The images are high quality in order to give the best results. All materials should be acknowledged as to creator and source. Please use the materials, provide your comments, and share any modifications you have made by posting your revised materials.

Yes, CAMEL is intended as a community effort to build new resources and improve upon existing resources and making them available to the world, incoporating equal access strategies. A community college will have access to the same good science and vetted resources as Ivy League schools.

This is a quick introduction on how to use the CAMEL Climate Change website and make use of everything that it has to offer.

CAMEL can educate educators about climate issues in a wide range of disciplines, many of which in areas where the educators are not experts. With CAMEL, educators can locate and modify peer-reviewed educational resources for their own classrooms. They can educate students from a wide range of disciplines about specific climate issues within the umbrella topic of climate change.


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